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in iran is now demanding that the obama administration issue a statement calling for the release of saeed abedini. attorneys for the abedinies at at hearing on friday accuse the u.s. state department being quote, awol on this subject for the last few months. listen to some of this. >> i think the state department's refusal to appear before this committee today is extremely troubling and frankly offensive. the failure to appear today to testify frankly is inexcusable. we've had some dialogue with the state department over the last several months. i will be honest, mr. chairman it has not been pleasant. the lack of concern, the lack of engagement has been problematic in our work to free pastor saeed abedini. saeed abedini is a united states citizen. he is us and our government is not here for him or or state department is not here for him. martha: strong words from the attorney there. i'm joined once again by naghmeh abedini the wife of the jailed pastor, saeed abedini. and jordan sekulow fighting to help free her husband. the soak tiff director at american center for law and justice. welco
of assistance but in the strong bonds that our people share. >> president obama will meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu where he will reiterate the united states is preventing iran from getting a nuclear bomb. he will discuss means of maintaining civil war. he will fly to the west bank where he will have separate talks with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. >>> the ambassador going on the record to discuss what he thinks is the reason behind the president's trip. >> i think it allows president obama to check the box that he finally made it to israel. it's significant it comes after the american election. he goes to israel on his terms while the visit will be heavy with symbolism and opportunities this is a rare trip in which the substance of the visit will be divorced from the symbolism. i don't think there will be any fence mending on this trip. president obama comes with two messages one make more concessions to the palestinians and two don't think about attacking iran's nuclear weapons program. if people could hear the conversation that president obama and prime minist
is a top priority on this trip along with the stalled middle east peace process and iran's nuclear peace program. >> the white house is on a charm offensive. last week, barack obama spoke on israeli television, addressing directly some of israel's concerns. > i have been crystal clear about my position on iran possessing a nuclear weapon -- that is a red line for us. it is something that would not only be dangerous for israel but would be dangerous for the world, dangerous for u.s. national security interests. >> in washington, it is no secret that obama does not have a good relationship with israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. even if they put on a united front in public, as here in washington last year. >> they have fundamentally different views of how to advance peace in the area. the president started off by pressuring israel to make concessions, and israel, understandably, resisted and resented, and it has been like that for the last four years, unfortunately. >> israel looks to the u.s. to safeguard its very existence. republicans are quick to point out that while obama vi
, president obama and israel. with tensions rising throughout the region, is iran now the greatest threat? >> our policy is to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >> will syria's civil war spill over? >> assad's regime must understand they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists. >> i'll ask the president's one-time middle east peacemaker, george mitchell, is now the time to kiss and make up? this is "piers morgan live." you know i'm passionate about the issue of guns in america. you've heard a lot of heated debate on this show on both sides. well, tonight, i'm going to talk to five men who probably know more than most of us about guns and in particular the aftermath of the acrossty of newtown. they're police chiefs in and around newtown. all of them having experience and trauma of that terrible day at sandy hook elementary school. sadly, the toll of guns doesn't end there. colorado's prison chief tom clements was gunned down in the doorway of his home last night, just hours before governor john hickenlooper signed new gun control
. but it is iran the top focus especially for the israeli prime minister. president obama has said recently he wants to give more chance for diplomacy, he thinks there's several more months of an opening to try to have a diplomatic solution. the israeli president told me yesterday he's fully convinced no doubts president obama would use military force if necessary if dmoems failed and iran was at the point of having a nuclear warhead. the question on this trip is to see whether prime minister netanyahu who raised doubts about the president in the past shares president perez's conviction that there's no room, no space between israel and washington on that question. >> john, i think there's very little chance we'll see president obama and prime minister netanyahu playing basketball together or something. it's always been a traditionally frosty relationship. i suppose it's a lot of fence mending going on here. is it warming up at all there? >> there is some evidence already that it's warming up a bit. look, do not expect these two very different men and their personal characteristics and their po
obama and israeli leaders both agree that something needs to be done to keep iran from developing nuclear weapons. israel threatened to take military action if iran appeared to be on the verge of having a bomb. president obama pushed for more time for peace talks but says military action is still on the table. president obama once hep weres up his -- once he wraps up this conference, he will head to speak to benjamin netanyahu where they will hold a press conference in about three hours. back to you. >> thank you. >>> a sheriff says it appears a 911 call to a middle school school in southern minnesota was a hoax. the school in new prague, minnesota immediately went on red alert and locked down each class when a caller said there was someone with an ak-47. a search of the school turned up nothing. they say everyone is southwest. this school is 45 miles southwest of minneapolis. there are about 875 students at that school in grades 6th through 8th. >>> an ohio teenager has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a school shooting that killed three stud
minister netanyahu declared president obama is committed to stopping a nuclear iran, but then he pointed out -- >> we have different vulnerabilities, obviously, and different capabilities. we take that into account. >> reporter: president obama offered these words of reassurance to the israelis. >> i will repeat, all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> reporter: then made clear the u.s. time frame for action may differ from israel's. >> each country has to make its own decisions when it comes to the often decision to engage in any kind of military action. and israel is differently situated than the united states. >> reporter: at least the two now chummy leaders found a way to bond over all this talk of timing and red lines. >> where do you want to start? >> we're following the red line. >> following the red line, okay. >> you follow the green line all the time, right? follow the red line. >> this is a psychological ploy. >> this was minutely planned. >> also carefully planned, tomorrow the president will visit
benjamin netanyahu warns iran will have a nuclear bomb ready in the next few months. president obama believes that's still a year away and that would allow more time for peace talks. the white house doesn't expect any major agreements to come out of the president's president. the two men will be holding a -- meeting. the two men will be holding a conference and they are expected to talk to the media in less than an hour. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> a group of 9-year-olds in berkeley convince a city council to help one of their classmates deported to mexico. students at jefferson elementary have been talking to their friend, rodrigo guzman, through skype. his family lived in berkeley for eight years. but in january, they visited relatives in mexico and they used expired travel visas. rodrigo says it's hard to adjust to life away from his friends. >> i miss my school. i miss my teachers and i really want to be over there. >> i want to help rodrigo come home. we study important people like rosa parks, martin luther king and cesar chaves
, upset with mr. obama's support for israel. >>> and iran angry at israel today, making destructive threats, today, their supreme leader, ayatollah saying that they will threaten attacks. israel continues to threaten action if iran doesn't ban their nuclear program, but iran says the nuclear plan is for peaceful purposes only. >>> and india's supreme court ordering a sentence for his connection to the mumbai blast know killed 250 people. he was convicted of buying bombs. 100 people were convicted for the blasts. 12 received the death penalty. >>> and a hard and fast deadline, the european union gave cyprus untilñr money to secure money or face bankruptcy. and possibly an exit from the eurozone, cyprus needs 20 million to avoid default. the parliament rejected an earlier request. they are lining up to take out all the money just in case the country goes bankrupt. >> thank you, jenelle. >>> and bringing cheaper gas to california, why the key to the lower prices at the pump could be loaded in on the rail. >>> and a look at why march madness may literally keep your office from getting
believes that president obama is prepared to attack iran to stop their nuclear program if diplomacy fails. take a listen. >> america is really looking for peace but if somebody threatens peace, america is not a chicken. >> america is not a chicken. strong words from the israeli president coming on the same day that the rural from -- ruler from iran came out today. basically said that if israel takes the first strikes towards iran they will retaliate and wipe out two israeli cities. strong words today. >> shepard: brand new today in the syrian civil war two powerful u.s. senators just reached across the aisle and called for president obama to begin air strikes in syria. that as we try to figure out whether somebody inside syria has already used weapons of mass murder. >> the rebels say the government unleashed the chemical weapons. the regime leaders claim they are the real victims here. now, an international investigation into a possible crime against humanity. the apollo rockets brought mankind to the moon. but the rocketd engines fell back to earth. tonight, the mission to recover them
will wake up one day and find our red line has been crossed and we won't know what to do. >> president obama told american television that iran could get a nuclear weapon in under a year. do you think israel would be satisfied with a diplomatic solution? >> well, i think the two countries do look at this slightly different. if i'm israel, i look with grave concern about developments in iran, and the prime minister is right to be concerned about it. obviously, we from a further distance have a different perspective. the president i think will communicate to prime minister netanyahu that he still thinks there is time and is confident that if iran crosses the line from a potential capability that the president's policy is clear that we'll do whatever it takes to deny iran a nuclear weapon. i think he believes there's still time to resolve this short of military force. >> how do you feel about that? do you think israel will be satisfied with a diplomatic solution. >> i think israel would prefer if we use military force but if problem is able to get a verifiable agreement that will limit iran's e
several joint news conferences. agreeing frequently especially on iran's controversial nuclear program. president obama said if diplomacy fails using force is possible. >> all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> i am absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting nucle nuclear weapons. >> reporter: a different scene in the west bank where angry protests ahead of the visit tomorrow where he will meet with palestinian president. upset he hasn't done more to protect them. palestinians and israelis have little hope the president's visit will restart mid east peace talks. >>> syria a big topic. president obama said the u.s. is still investigating the report that chemical weapons were used in yesterday's attack in aleppo that killed 25. at this time the president says he is deeply skeptical. he did add if either side of the syrian war does use chemical weapons it would be a quote game changes. cyprus is looking towards russia for a life line. the island country is asking for a hu
that become in talks? president obama has said it will take iran at least a year to build a bomb. the is much longer than prime minister believes. mr. president, are you asking the prime minister to be more patient and hold off for at least a year on military action against iran? esther prime minister, has president obama's words convince thethat he is putting forth military that you have asked for? thank you. take a swing at this. there are so many strips of different colors on the tarmac. about that.a joke obviously this matter is no joke. it relates to our very existence and something that president identifies as a grave, strategic andat to the added states to the peace and security -- to the united states and the peace and security of the world. i'm convinced he's determined to prevent iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. i appreciate that. i also appreciate something he said, which i mentioned in the opening remarks at the jewish people have come back to their own country and be masters of their own fate. i appreciate the fact that the president has reaffirmed more than any other preside
'll. >> president obama is back from the middle east to showcase his first visit to israel where he discussed topics like iran's nuclear program and the frozen peace process with the palestinians but beyond substance it's rich with symbolism he wanted to show his commitment to israeli security. k.t. mack far land is joining us. good to see you k.t. >> great to see you. >> arthel: before i ask you your overall grade. i want to go down to specific subjects and iran wanting to get nukes. to diffuse some of the tension between president obama and netanyahu. of course president obama is saying to netanyahu, look, do what you got to do, we got your back. how do you see it moving forward? >> i think this was a successful trip. what he did, what president obama did was to give netanyahu a green light. do what you got to do and we've got your back. they have said that before but in the press conference, i thought was very revealing. they kept repeating it. president obama then said we're going to give you a lot more assistance, military assistance to deal with that. netanyahu thanked him for it and said at t
iran. do we have any idea what president obama may be saying about iran, what is it that prime minister netanyahu would like to hear? >> quite simply he's expected to repeat what we heard before, that he will say iran simply cannot be allowed to get a nuclear capability. that the u.s. will not stand for that, that the u.s. will have israel's back, quote/unquote. and we do not expect that the president will use new language, but israelis i'm assured will be okay with the language he will use. coming to israel and repeating what he has said recently on iran will be enough. it's not as far as many of the israelis the more conservative israelis themselves stand, where they stand on iran, but enough that he'll come here and repeat where he's been. >> we will see, we know you're covering of course from gentleman reese jerusalem. thank you. >>> now to some of the hottest stories. first up, the pope. he waded through crowds in vatican city for his official inauguration. and not only walking through crowds, there he is on the popemobile, open air popemobile, kissing baby, shaking some hands. whi
blitzer in "the situation room." >>> jake, thanks very much. happening now president obama calls iran a great civilization. so what's behind this renewed outreach even in the face of a potential nuclear threat? vice president joe biden spends one night in paris. the hotel bill comes to more than half a million dollars for him and his entire delegation. we're getting an extremely rare glimpse at how much it costs when a vice president of the united states travels. and a newborn baby found in a new york city subway, adopted by the man who found him. you'll find out how extraordinary this story really is and how it's playing out. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama is kicking off the next leg of his trip to the middle east with what might seem to be a change at least in tune a little bit as far as iran is concerned. at a news conference in amman, jordan the president made a staunch plea for a peaceful solution in the face of growing nuclear concerns. >> if, in fact, what the supreme leader has said is the case, which is that developing a nuclear weap
by a civil war in syria and a potential threat from iran. joining me is a former spokesman for the national security council in the obama administration and aaron david miller, fellow at the woodrow wilson international center. welcome, both. first, tommy, why did it take so long for this president to get to israel? he had a lot on his plate there were enormous economic challenges to deal with back home. but not every president going to israel in his first term, george bush didn't. this is great opportunity for the president to sync up with prime minister netanyahu on iran, sir yarks the critical issues of the region where israel is in the eye of the storm. he can also speak directly to the israeli people, via a speech to a bunch of university students. >> aaron david miller, you were a middle east negotiator in a number of white houses and state departments, republican and democratic. what, how much syncing up with prime minister netanyahu do you think is going to take place, realistically? >> it's smart politics, it's smart policy, too. obama has got the most dysfunctional relationship wi
timetable differs from the obama administration's timetable. they believe that if iran does decide it wants to make a nuclear weapon, then it's a year out. so they differ in that. but there is certainly agreement on what to do about iran. and both of them have said that the red line is, iran must not obtain nuclear weapons, and for iran's part, iran has always said that it is not trying to do that, but only using it for civilian purposes. ashleigh? >> i want to also, sara, thank you, bring in jessica yellin, our white house correspondent, our chief white house correspondent. jessica, it is no secret that americans do believe that israel is a, either a great allay or a friend, to the tune of about 80% of them. but when it comes to just what we should be doing, if israel decides on any kind of preemptive attack on israel, or any kind of attack, it's almost 50/50. in fact, i believe the numbers are 49, yes, 49, no, we should support that nation. those are the kind of numbers that are not lost on an administration, when they have to go in and negotiate conversations. how public will those conve
iran from developing a nuclear weapon. >>> president obama also spoke today about the situation in syria saying he is skeptical of claims by the government that rebel forces have used chemical weapons. they've ause caused each other of using such weapons yesterday. 31 people died in the most recent fighting. president obama says the u.s. is investigating to see if any chemical weapons were used. >>> the federal reserve said stimulus is still needed. the economy has become stronger after a pause late last year. more needs to be done. he says as long as inflation remains mild he plans to keep short term interest rates at record lows until unemployment falls to 6.5% and that's not expected to happen until 2015. >>> on wall street the comments helped drive the markets higher. the dow closed up almost 56 points. the nasdaq was up 25. the s&p was up more than 10 points. >>> growing concern over genetically engineered seafood. the significant step taken by some large u.s. retailers. >>> still a few light showers outside right now. you see the clouds. how long do they last and when do w
. president obama was focused on ending two wars. and now he's facing two different challenges, whether it's iran's potential nuclear capability or what happens next in syria. both offers challenges that israel faces in. and the key question is what happens next, whether it's on iran, syria or ultimately the arab israeli conflict. >> can we afford a kind of symbolic trip here? there's a lot at stake, what the region is going through, what the partners of israel have seen as necessary to protect itself. what the palestinian response has been to two state solutions and what occupation. so how do we figure our way out of here, and how does the president respond to this? does he have anything substantive to offer? >> i think the president is finding out it's difficult to lower expectations on a visit from the president of the united states. the logic behind the trip. there are a few things behind it. i think the president understands that he did not attempt to make a connection with the israeli people during his first term. given the things you mentioned, these are things, these are issues on
and yesterday, president obama did about having israel's back with a potential military strike, to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. president perez told me he believes this is not just talk and that president obama is willing to launch a military strike if necessary. >> america is really looking for peace, but if somebody threatens peace, america is not a chicken. >> america is not a chicken, he says, interesting because it came, those comments, on he same day where iran supreme leader came out and said if israel launches attack or allies launch an attack to try to prevent the nuclear program from going forward, they're going to retaliate and named hifa and tel aviv that the iran supreme leader said would be wiped o so the rhetoric getting very hot. >> shepard: ed henry, thanks. what if anything does the president mean to the stalled peace talks? less bring. >> p.j. crowley. good to see you. >> hi, shep. >> shepard: i don't know if i ever remember things being as difficult and the situation as tenuous as it is across the region. how important a moment was this for the president and di
and for that reason i think that despite the optics of a happy visit, the differences between israel and the obama administration remains. >> prime minister netanyahu thinks that iran could get it done by this summer. president says one year from now. when they are together does that now say look they are going to get a bomb and we are going to launch an attack whether you like it or not and what does the president say and -- what do you think will happen? >> well, i think they exchange intelligence and i do think that despite the -- difficulties of the personal relationship between obama and netanyahu, i'm sure these discussions are conduct order a very prank and professional basis but countries, vital nation security interests are involved. i think both men recognize the personal can't get in the way of that. i don't think that there is any doubt that israel sees a much shorter time frame, especially given its own who are limited military capabilities. whoever is right on the intelligence and must be clear we don't have perfect intelligence. iran could be a lot closer than anybody. we have great
to enrich uranium. and israel's president believes obama will order an attack on iran if necessary. shooting is the last option, but said it's an option if diplomacy doesn't work. peres will host obama for a @tate dinner this hour. and the u.s. drone program could be moving from the cia to the pentagon. the white house considering shifting combat drone authority to the department of defense b which would allow more congressional oversight. the cia has been using unmanned aircraft to target suspected terrorists, but critics complain the program lacks transparency, at least right now. those are your headlines, i'm jamie colby, back to mel shah and lori. ladies? lori: thank you so much, jamie. stocks climbing off the lows of the day, and the dow while it did hit a new intraday high yesterday thanks to the fed, but the next guest sees the dow hitting 16,000 in the next 6-12 months. joining me now, ira walker, managing director at ubs, and i want to remind viewers, the last time you were here, august of 2011, the dow was at 31,000. -- 11,000. we're 14,440 to be exact. but you say there is still r
think in so far as president obama is seen taking a strong hand on iran, that gives him a little more legitimacy to push bibi on the palestinian issue. you have to remember that in benjamin netanyahu's first term, when he clashed with president clinton, he was blamed for causing the cries cries by israelis. and this time around, people have generally sided with benjamin netanyahu. so israelis don't want to see bad relations with the u.s. which they still see as their only reliable ally. >> thank you, ben birnbaum, his new article is in the "new republic," on stands now. >>> could be the mile-high heir, the younger active demographics or maybe it is the democratically controlled state house, whatever it is, something big is happening in colorado. we'll get to the bottom of the rocky mountain high. look, if you have copd like me, you know it can be hard to breathe, and how that feels. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control my copd symptoms by keeping my airways open for 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups. spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled copd
in the middle of president obama's visit to israel iran's supreme leader makes a chilling new threat. and did the u.s. secret service accidently fire a shotgun near iran's president when he was in new york? and why did iran keep it quiet all these years? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. >>> let's begin with the breaking news. the stakes couldn't be higher. president obama has warned use of chemical weapons by syria would be a game changer, his words. the u.s. has been investigating words of chemical attacks. now the first assessment shows that chemical weapons were apparently not used. let's go straight to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what's the latest? what are you learning? >> reporter: wolf, i've been talking to officials all day and they tell me the initial preliminary intelligence assessment is this. chemical weapons were not used. a chemical substance may well have been. when you look at that video emerging from syrian hospitals they say it does not appear that the symptoms or the treatment match the use of chemical weapons such as outlawed nerve or blister a
iran from developing nuclear weapons. >>> the expectations are, well, let's call them low. stakes, though are high for president obama's trip to the middle east, his first as president. besides israel, also stops in ramallah and also in jordan. >> and of course, a trip is complicated by issues, including iran's nuclear program and of course talking also about the bloodshed in syria, the civil war, not to mention israeli-palestinian conflict. john king is there. >> reporter: the bullets are real. complacency the enemy at the security training kacademy. >> we have enemies motivated on us to do attacks in the cities, settlements, wherever there are jews. we're not waiting for the suicide bomber to come. we want to be prepared. >> reporter: expect the unexpected is what gat, a colonel in the israeli reserves, teaches students like these men training to protect jerusalem's light rail service. yet, he has zero expectations president obama's visit will make any difference at this time of increasingle israeli-palestinian tension. >> i remember my mother said when i was a child, i hope you
the israeli government is interested in occupying a ron and i do not -- iran and i do not think the obama administration wants to do so. but it seems the strategy is to make some surgical strike to knock out the iranian pat -- iranian it's your capacity. -- nuclear capacity. is that possible for an example of faith based strategy? you have raised the importance of understanding how the opponent will respond. what is the likely response of the iranians to what is -- to what we hope will be a surgical strike? >> i will deal with iraq and iran then there is another issue i will address. who bears this possibility? fairly the answer is obvious. we do. we started the war. the iraqis did not attack us. we went in. some may say for legitimate reasons, others miss a dubious reasons. some, like myself, for fraudulent reasons. we started its of the arrest of will for what happened. -- so we are responsible for what happened. i wish we had done better carry it -- we started it so we are responsible for what happened. i wish we had done better. i wonder how they look at us in that connection. every w
a spirited ii leaders. the discussion centered on iran's continued access to iraqi airspace. the obama administration believes eye ronnie -- irani planes are being flown to be used by uh sad's forces against the rebels. kerry says the behavior raises questions about the reliability as a partner. italy's highest court will consider the fate of amanda knox . they were first convicted and then acquitted of murdering her roommate, meredith kir ofer. customer -- kercher. they argued that she should return to jail. they say it is another form of harassment by the prosecution. >> she wins on monday, case closed, it is over and she can go forward without any further worry. >> kercher's family says there is still unanswered questions and we are searching for the truth. knox has spent the last year working on a memwior and hopes to earn her living as a writer. >> pope francis celebrated his first mass in st. peter's square today. he encouraged people to be humble and young at heart. the square over flowed with people eager to join the pope at the start of holy week. it leads up to easter sunday
territories and jordan while a reinvigorated peace process is one goal, more pressing concerns for the obama white house are the threats from iran and the effect of the relentless bloodshed in syria. we want to begin with some analysis about the president's trip this morning with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel back from the region. he is in new york this morning. i have david brooks of "the new york times" and e.j. dionne with me in washington. richard, let me start with you. the president called on israel to renew efforts to the creation of a palestinian state. he helped restore the israeli/turkish relationship. so what else do you think he can return with that he can actually build upon? >> reporter: well, i think the reconciliation between turkey and israel is something that's very important because i wouldn't see the chances right now of an israeli/palestinian reconciliation but i do think the middle east recognizes that there are urgent regional matters as syria implodes that the region needs to have some sort of summit and turkey is going to play a big part of that. so i
, today. any chance that obama can nudge netanyahu toward that or is the threat from iran right now too much to even go there? >> they are talking about it but i think it will be in john kerry's lap and he will be here saturday night. after going to jordan with the president we will double back to jerusalem, have dinner with netanyahu, have dinner with a couple of advisers on both sides, and they will try to move this along. it is a big stretch. my colleague, veteran journalist here, martin fletcher of nbc, says it is hard for them to come up with a new configuration. you have ynetanyahu out of a ne election. you have palestinian authority. so how you have negotiations and what the formula would be and israel surrounded byis lathe fund meantlism and war in syria, it just really is a very hard climb. but they said they are at least going to start. and i know that john kerry is very committed to this. >> andrea mitch they'll jerusalem. thanks so much, andrea. great information. >> my pleasure, thank you. >> with us now is a fellow from is a van center at middle east policy from brookings
as president obama heeds to israel this week. >> you can't tuesday iran. they are a rogue nation, they are exporting terrorism. their saoeurb attack has been out there. we have to deal with that issue, and i think right now with the president going to israel that there hopefully will be some agreement between benjamin netanyahu and the president. jon: louisiana governor bobby jindal is okay after a car accident in baton rouge. a large truck sideswiped the suv carrying the governor home from his son's soccer game. a state troop tpher a second vehicle was hurt when he swerved to avoid the truck and hit a utility pole. his injuries said to be minor. police cited the truck driver for making an illegal turn. jenna: right now the president preparing for a landmark trip to israel, his first as commander-in-chief. meeting on wednesday with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu whom some have described he's had a frosty relationship with. joining us now a former assistant to president vice cheney for security affairs. steve vin yates. a lot of politics in play for both of these leader
of iran, given developments today. >> reporter: absolutely. syria, iran, i think that president obama when he speaks to prime minister netanyahu will go there with the intent of making it very clear that the united states is committed to preventing iran from getting a nuclear weapon, to making sure that the violence in syria is contained. that will be one of his key messages i am told. of course, they will address the issue of the israeli/palestinian stalled peace process right now. the president, of course, wanted to have progress on that during his first term. he didn't, so we expect that to be a big topic of conversation as well. i can tell you that what is interesting, prime minister netanyahu has used a slightly more conciliatory tone in terms of talking about palestinians in recent days. talking about the fact that he is potentially open to compromise, so the white house is heartened by that, but they're also tamping down expectations. they don't expect any large movement. but certainly all of those topics, martin, will be on the table when president obama sits down with prime minist
importantly, to iran, and resip indicated for by president obama is that the united states and israel stands shoulder to shoulder in terms of the time frame as well as defenses, intelligence, military cooperation so the iranians should understand that there is a common belief between the united states and israel in terms of preventing iran and he got an endorsement of the american plan to prevent iran from becoming a nuclear weapon. >> peter, do you see it the same way, as common ground now? >> well, i think what obama did was buy himself some time. remember, there's a lot of opposition inside the establishment to unilaterally strike anyway. the task will come if the u.s. gets close to a diplomatic deal with iran, would israel support any deal that the united states could manage to get with iran? i think that would be the real test. >> but why does it matter? if we get a deal with iran for them not to go nuclear in terms of weapon, why does it matter if israel opposes that if we accomplish our goal? >> because i think a lot of republicans in congress, frankly, would stand with netanyahu. >>
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they will order an attack on iran if necessary. based on the private conversations with mr. obama and comments the president made at the news conference earlier this week. this as iran's assume people leader makes new threats to annihilate the cities of tel aviv and haifa. we have the director of the foundation for the defense of democracy. he is here to welcome his thoughts. great to see you. >> thank you, uma. great to be here. uma: what but think from the comments from president per rest. >> president's obama's trip woos to assure that he is deadly serious stopping this deadly weapon. uma: president is dealing with netanyahu in the terms of good cop, bad cop scenario in dealing with the iranian threat. >> it is hand about a good cop, bad cop situation. unless he compromises on his nuclear program the united states is fully committed to using military force to destroy iran's nuclear facilities. uma: were you surprised by the comments coming from iran saying exactly if the united states moves forward with they are going to strike israel at a moment's notice? >> well i wasn't surprised. this h
israel, and despite the pomp and ceremony of his first visit there, huge concerns loom, like iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon. it's the latest test of obama's frosty relationship with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. cnn's john king is in jerusalem this morning. john, this is president obama's first trip to israel. how delicate, how pivotal is this visit? >> reporter: well, carol, it is fascinating. i've been here in the past with president clinton, with president george w. bush, now president obama. in the past the israeli-palestinian conflict is always at the top of the agenda but given the event in this complicated neighborhood that is now more complicated and confused than ever, the israeli-palestinian conflict is down on the list. the president wants to share information and get information from his israeli counterparts about what's going on in syria. did the government in syria use chemical weapons against its own people. that's a big question. obviously the nuclear showdown with iran. the presidentister wants assurance if that diplomacy doesn't bear fruit th
that it would take over a year or so for iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon but obviously we don't want to cut it too close. >> chris: how do you think president obama is handling the threats from north core are rhea and from iran and i think it is only fair to point out both of which continue their nuclear buildup under president bush? >> first of all, in north korea i think after ten years of trying to experiment with sanctions that are loosened in the aftermath when north korea agrees to do something we learned painfully that north korea never does what it says it is going to do. this is a tough thing to deal with. part self-made. the united states has a policy calling for reunification of both north and south korea. china doesn't want them reunified because it doesn't want a capitalist democracy on its border and the south koreans don't want reunification either. prosperous country. 25 million people in the north and one of the most abject states of poverty one can imagine. until we sort of forego a unification we are not going to necessarily get the cooperation we need from china.
arc of netanyahu and obama's relationship is about iran and netanyahu has at times seem to all but threaten a preemptive strike with or without the u.s. pap lot of behind-the-scenes action on the part of the u.s. to get israel to climb down from that position which was successful in 2012. now it seems like they converged a bit. what's your read on where they are right now coming out of this trip >> my read is pretty much that. i was watching before what you said about the president going there and there were no real policy shifts. i think there was a policy shift from netanyahu and this is a culmination of a policy shift starting at the u.n. speech you remember the famous bomb with the red line where he said there's more time but i'm still going to don't make noise about the iranian threat. he said yes i agree with the president's assessment and this is the assessment of the u.s. and really intelligence services. when iran decides to make a nuclear weapon it will take them a year. it's significant. >> this is an example of the president bringing netanyahu towards the american p
and jordan while a reinvigorated peace process is one goal, more pressing concerns for the obama white house, the threats from iran and the effect of the relentless bloodshed in syria. we want to begin with some analysis about the president's trip this morning with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel back from the region. he is in new york this morning. i have david brooks of "the new york times" and e.j. dionne with the "washington post" here with me in washington. richard, let me start with you. the president called on israel to renew efforts to the creation of a palestinian state. he helped restore the israeli/turkish relationship. so what else do you think he can return with that he can actually build upon? >> well, i think the reconciliation between turkey and israel is something that's very important, because i wouldn't see the chances right now of an israeli/palestinian reconciliation, but i do think the middle east recognizes that there are urgent regional matters as syria implodes that the region needs to have some sort of summit and turkey is going to play a big part of t
, there is no punishment assad of syria using chemical weapons. obama said same thing about iran, north korea, no ex-nukes for you guys. what does that mean? if his credibility is zero because he hasn't stood by the red line i think that is problem. the problem is the rest of the world using chemicals. bill: how you interpret that if you're leading some other nations in the region either you have them or want to have them. one more question. >> yeah. bill: it appears over the past seven days and i think this paralleled to president obama's trip to israel that this story moved at a level it has not moved before. >> absolutely. bill: senator kerry in iraq and afghanistan with iran sandwiched between the two of them. do you get the sail sense and if so are with is it going? >> i think it is speeding up, whatever happens in syria i don't think it will drag on for another two years. the problem with it once assad leaves and it collapses, it gets worse. it doesn't get better. there are a lot of our militias, there are democratic pro-democracy guys and islamic rad kls and al qaeda elements in the groups. t
that the interesting thing today is that president obama and prime minister netanyahu have not always agreed on iran in terms of the timetable or in terms of what's next or what the response should be. and the two are a year or so away from having to make some kind of strategic decision. they fails the sudden emerm ebs of syria and the possible use of chemical weapons, and that has suddenly risen to the stop of the ageneral da. given that there are different palestinian factions, that looks further down the road. >> do either of you believe that asaud used chemical weapons? or is that being deployed by some forces that have at stake the division between israel and the united states in a substantive way that would create tension. >> i don't know. i think there's lomic to what you just said. the president made it clear that is a red line. that's something that the syrian government would take seriously as vicious as they have been up to now. but to step back to something robin just said, what we saw here today at the press conference was benjamin netanyahu moving much closer to the president's positio
with barack obama and say, hey, listen, you want me to push back on iran and you want to tell me the red line is a year or 18 months from now instead of what my own people -- i tell you what, this is what's going to happen. if you don't want us to go in, i need you over here and i need you standing next to me and i need you assuring my people that you are on my side, that you are on israel's side. so we look forward to having you over here. i really do -- personally, again, no evidence, i really think this has so much to do with netanyahu saying, okay, you want me to really keep delaying things? >> it's actually half that. for an israeli prime minister, the single most important thing you've got to do to remain popular in israel is show that you can manage israel's most important bilateral relationship, the relationship with the united states. netanyahu mismanaged this relationship. he essentially endorsed mitt romney. so the balance of power between the two has definitely shifted in barack obama's direction. the most interesting substantive thing to happen yesterday besides the comment on sy
or not they will strike iran. for president obama, he has caught a lot of flak for not necessarily being supportive enough of israel publicly or seeming not being hawkish enough and for that point, he made a very strong statement about america's bond with israel. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is in our fundamental national security interest to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous and it makes the world a better place. >> that's one of the reasons the obama administration said it's important to continue the spending by the united states here in israel. $3 billion a year in aid and the president got a tour of what some of that money bought. an iron dome missile defense system that had been very effective in guarding southern israeli cities against rockets coming out of gaza. that's one of the things the president has pointed to saying i support israel. i support israel's security and safety by spending money on the iron dome. the charm offensive continues later today. there is going to be a number of ceremonies, a number
iran, iran, iran and president obama wants to talk a little bit about the palestinians. that is where he's headed next, over to bethlehem to try to talk to them. however, the charm offensive he had over there, the warm and fuzzy feelings he's getting in israel hasn't worked so far with the palestinians. >>brian: was there any backlash of the president talking beyond their elected leader, benjamin netanyahu, right to the people, essentially saying tell him to do the right thing? >> i think probably if there was any backlash, the only argument would be turn around, is fair play. benjamin netanyahu talked to a joint session of congress. this is a version of president obama coming here and saying you want to come to the united states and talk to me and tell the americans what you think about israel, i'm going to speak directly to your people and tell you what i think needs to be done. >>steve: yesterday during our program we showed you a live shot of the president of the united states and president of the palestinian authority. we didn't see when you pulled out, look who's over the presid
president obama, shimon peres believes in his words, america is no chicken and will be willing to bomb iran if necessary. take a listen. >> as president, i've said all options are on the table for achieving our objectives. america will do what we must to prevent a nuclear armed iran. >> america is really looking -- but if somebody threatens, america is not a chicken. >> reporter: now, earlier in the day, the president went over the-- the american president went over to the palestinian territory. he was in the west bank sitting down with the palestinian president abbas again, trying to talk about peace and as you noted the president woke up for his second day in jerusalem to news that four rockets, according to israeli police have rained down on southern israel, from gaza, alleged from hamas. president peres told me he believes it's a message hamas was trying to send with the american president here and on top of that, when you think about the threat to israel from the palestinians that i mentioned there, on top of the threat, potentially from iran, we should note that today, iran's supreme
that show about president obama's real instincts. is he going to war with iran in defense of a country -- that is what netanyahu has to worry about. if to publicly treat netanyahu that way it weakens his opposition in middle east because the allies see how we treat the main allies and discourages allies. >> sean: if you are netanyahu and i see obama giving f-16s, tanks, $1.5 billion to the former head of the muslim brotherhood, mohammed morsi who think the israelis are descendants of apes and pigs, i know what i would be thinking? >> we can control with the egyptian military. >> sean: the military leadership has been changed by morsi. his puppets are in charge? >> we can control it but no rationale for a pegs and morsi the fact is things he has said insults he has toward the israelis and jews and whole attitude, all of that. it goes back to when we threw mubarak under the buses. >> sean: and what happened to the arab spring it was an arab nightmare. i was on the air every night. ambassador bolton were there. there were v some of us and article said i was muslim brotherhood obsessed. ho
. the discussion centered on iran's continued access to iraqi airspace. the obama administration believes eye ronnie -- irani planes are being flown to be used by uh sad's forces against the rebels. kerry says the behavior raises questions about the reliability as a partner. italy's highest court will consider the fate of amanda knox . they were first convicted and then acquitted of murdering her roommate, meredith kir ofer. customer -- kercher. they argued that she should return to jail. they say it is another form of harassment by the prosecution. >> she wins on monday, case closed, it is over and she can go forward without any further worry. >> kercher's family says there is still unanswered questions and we are searching for the truth. knox has spent the last year working on a memwior and hopes to earn her living as a writer. >> pope francis celebrated his first mass in st. peter's square today. he encouraged people to be humble and young at heart. the square over flowed with people eager to join the pope at the start of holy week. it leads up to easter sunday at -- at the end of the mass
the biggest point of tension between president obama and prime minister netanyahu. and it was important that the two of them struck the same tone and time frame in their joint press conference. president obama has talked about a year or so before iran might make a decision or move in important ways on its controversial nuclear program. and president -- prime minister netanyahu talked about a faster timeframe, greater potential capability and yet at the press conference he agreed with the president. so that carves out more time for diplomacy and other options before we get to this big question of whether there might be a military strike. >> syria obviously a huge topic for him there too in so many of the countries he visited and neighbors as well. and vitally in what goes on in syria. i'm curious whether you think it influence how those other countries are responding to the crisis in syria or whether really a lot of people feel it didn't change much at all. >> well, i think we're seeing a turning point in the united states. there is a higher profile in terms of the kind of background act
obama is going through to reassure skeptical israelis about where he stands on iran. >> i have been crystal clear about my position on iran possessing a nuclear weapon. that is a redline for us. it's something that would not only be dangerous for israel but would be dangerous for the world. >> reporter: while he says all options are on the table to stop iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the president also wants to convince israeli leaders to allow more time for diplomacy. >> what we're going to be doing is continuing to engage internationally with iran understanding that we've set up the toughest sanctions ever. it's having a significant effect. >> reporter: a tough sell analysts say when israel believes iran is closer to a nuclear weapon than the u.s. does. and the tense relationship between the countries' leaders doesn't help. >> president obama and prime minister netanyahu have had a strained relationship for the last four years. it's difficult to see, but this visit is going to change the underlying dynamic in that relationship. >> here at home president obama putting the fi
of it is really college students, had that president obama lockley and their achievements, condemning their enemies, and affirming the unbreakable bond between the countries, including to prevent iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. that together we share a commitment for security for our citizens and the stability of the middle east and north africa. together, we share a focus on advancing economic growth around the globe and strengthening the middle class within our own countries. together, we share a stake in the success of democracy. >> but the meat of the speech, the real message came towards the end. the u.s. president made it abundantly clear he was not going to walk away from a two- state solution, israel and palestine existing side by side. >> is really must recognize that continued settlement activity is counter active. a counter -- is counterproductive and independent palestine is of importance with real borders. >> well-received by the enthusiastic young audience, it will not go well with the center-right government. againstler, so opening the creation of a palestinian sta
a little bit. dan, is that because he believes that barack obama in the end will be willing to strike? >> the last spring, at the policy conference, his policy prevention, prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon, not containment. we'll do everything we need to do and containment won't work. in an essence, president was taking his own at home, containing an iran nuclear program is unworkable. for him to say that in israel on the grounds, was a powerful statement. i think, it had the effect of reassuring the prime minister and the president seems to have discarded, or at least seriously subordinated the policy, so, he's telling israel we're not going to pressure you on the palestinian track. they're calling them nonconstructive. we're actually going to sound tougher on iran. >> does that tough talk mean that some kind of military action is inevitable in this second term for president obama? >> i don't think so. i think a lot of people will say privately a military intervention in iran would be catastrophic. signs for a better diplomacy. last week was iranian new year, for the first t
if that will be in your talks to come tonight. president obama has said it will take iran at least a year to build a bomb. that's months longer than prime minister -- mr. president, are you asking the prime minister to be more patient, to hold off for at least a year on any kind of military action against iran? mr. prime minister, has president obama's words, have they convinced you that he is putting forth the credible military threat you have repeatedly asked for and that -- or does he need to go further? thank you. >> want to take a first swing at this? >> first of all, i'm -- you know, there are so many strips of different colors on the tarmac that we had -- we did have a joke about that. but obviously this matter is no joke. it relates to our very existence and to something also that the president correctly identified as a grave, strategic threat to the united states, and to the peace and security of the world. i am absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. i appreciate it. i also appreciate something that he said, which i mentioned in my ope
obama would use force against iran? >> i don't think there is any chance he is going to use force. i don't think people believe his comments about all options being on the table. i don't think they believe it in tehran. i don't think they believe it in israel either. so that's why this trip is unusual. it rare to have as much a divorce between the photo-opportunity symbolism some of which we've seen on the one hand and actual policy discussions on the other. i think there will be some very tough, some very difficult conversations where president obama presses netanyahu very hard not to use preemptive military force against the iranian nuclear weapons program. on the palestinian front where president obama presses for more concessions. so that is. that's really what the visit is all about. the president comes on his own terms. he is never going to face the american voters again. he has no downside on this visit. he could pretty much say what he wants and you think he will. jenna: i would like, general keane, if you could respond to the question and get the thoughts of the rest of the pane
that president obama wanted to see. president obama who at times has been seen a little bit soft on iran for his part tried to make it seem that the united states would always have israel's back. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is in our fundamental national security interests to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous, and it make the world a better place. >> reporter: president obama has an uphill battle on this charm offensive going forward. martha, a recent poll done here in israel only 10% of israelis had a favorable or likeness toward president obama. martha: hmmm. that is a pretty rough number for him there, leland. what is he doing to sort of try to win over the people in israel during this trip? >> reporter: hearts and minds. first of all he went on a tour of iron dome battery. that is what the israelis come up with defend the country from missiles from hamas and hezbollah in the northern part of the country. iron dome battery is financed by the united states. u.s. put $300 million in this. it is one of th
. >> i will repeat, all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> president obama also said israel has no greater friend than the u.s. tomorrow, the president is scheduled to make a quick trip to the west bank and meet with mahmoud abbas. >>> a report offers a surprising glimpse into pope francis's opinion of gays and lesbians. when he was a cardinal, he sunketted as civil -- subjected as civil unions. but he was overruled. what he will do as pope is another matter entirely. >>> a stranger to the rescue. when a toddler stops breathing. in news of the world, the action that helped save a little girl's life. >> a star studded event here at the state capitol tonight. find out who was inducted into the california hall of fame. mom, i invited justin over for lunch. good. no, not good. he's a vegetarian and he's going to be here in 20 minutes! don't stress. we can figure this out. [ male announcer ] get the speed to make a great first impression. call today to get u-verse high speed internet for as little as $14.95 a
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" david ignatius and kathleen parker. helene cooper and michael crowley. first up, what does barack obama know what we don't know pledging to use american power against iran and getting more deeply involved in syria? the american mood when it comes to using force feels like 1915, the end of vietnam. after that war, reluctance to commit power abroad was called vietnam syndrome. then came desert storm in 1991 and the first george bush told us that the lightning victory there had banished vietnam wearyness. >> it's a proud day for america and by god, we have kicked the vietnam syndrome once and for all. chris: after the second george bush launched two long wars, many feel war wearyness like against vietnam. against the wearyness, how should we take this week's statements from this president on veryia and iran? >> we are clear that the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake and i will repeat, all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting
that if president obama has to launch a military strike against iran to prevent them from getting nuclear weapon, they will go ahead and do that. here's president peres. >> well, my experience, first of all, i know that an american president does not announce something by accident. i can also understand that the president wants to try nonmilitary means. everyone will do it in america. the united states doesn't go to shoot before it tries all the other options. shooting is the last option. >> reporter: now, as you heard there, shooting is the last option. i asked him directly do you think president obama is ready to shoot if necessary, and president peres said directly, yes. and as you noted, the stakes here are high. this is not just some sort of game or theory being bandied about in terms of military action. iranian leaders today warning if there is some sort of strike from israel or by extension the u.s. helping out israel, the iranian leadership saying they'll wipe out specifically two israeli cities, tel aviv and hypa. this is real high stake, jon. jon: certainly is. the president began the
for a official on the doorstep of his home. >>> facing the threat. >>> facing the threat. president obama on an historic visit to israel. tonight the big question, would america go to war to stop a nuclear weapon in iran? >>> too far. workers forced to get health tests or pay a fine. could this happen at your job? >>> and treasure hunt. the $3 bowl found at a yard sale now worth $2 million. do you know which items give you the best chance for a happy surprise? >>> good evening. we begin tonight with a manhunt under way. hundreds of people searching the streets of colorado. at 8:30 last night, the door bell rang at the home of a state official. he answered and he was shot on his doorstep. tonight authorities have stepped up security at the governor's mansion and the state capital. abc's clayton sandell tells us what is known now about the shooter. >> reporter: in this quiet rural neighborhood outside denver, a killer came calling. tom clements, at home with his wife, went to answer the front door and was suddenly shot in the chest. the shooter fled into the night. >> somebody rang the door
on the topic of iran. he said that he will do whatever is necessary to prevent iran from getting its hands on nuclear weapons. he referred to them as the world's worst weapons. >> all right, peter alexander, thank you. >>> all day long, stay with nbc for complete coverage of president obama's historic trip to the middle east. >>> a new report this morning is sounding the alarm on the intelligence community. this morning's "washington post" claims u.s. spy agencies are dropping the ball when it comes to key national security hot spots. the findings came out of a 2012 panel of white house advisors including now defense secretary chuck hagel. agencies like the cia are ignoring places like china and the middle east to instead focus on current military operations and drone strikes. advisors say operations have been side lined by more than a decade of conflict dating back to just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. the white house has not commented publicly on the report but recent remarks from some top officials suggest they share the panel's concerns. >>> north korea issues a new threat to the u
to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> reporter: president obama has had a frosty relationship with prime minister netanyahu, but on this trip both men have been determined to show that they are staunchal lies, maybe even friends. obama joking about meeting netanyahu's sons. >> they are very good-looking young men who clearly got their looks from their mother. >> well, i can say the same of your daughters. >> reporter: after meeting with obama for more than two hours netanyahu affirmed his trust of the president when it comes to iran. >> i'm absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. >> reporter: later today the president returns to jerusalem where he hopes to bring a little campaign magic to the trip with a speech to some 600 israeli college students. the white house sees this as an opportunity to speak directly to the israeli people. urging them to make a new effort to make peace with the palestinians. >> something they very much want to do. >> indeed, robin, we turn to the latest on that massive manhunt un
headquarters at 12:00 p.m. eastern. president obama is in jordan tonight. the latest stop on a middle east tour dominated by threats involving iran and syria. refugees are pouring in to jordan. chief white house correspondent ed henry traveling with the president and reports tonight from ahman. >> with the sun setting on president obama's first foreign trip of his second term it was a majestic arrival in jordan for talks with a pivotal u.s. ally on mideast peace. this is the nation racked by turmoil as king abdullah has seep a flood of syrian refugees stream across the border and decimate the economy. >> this is behind us. we have to roll up our sleeves. it will be a bumpy and difficult road. >> for the second time on this trip, the president expressed frustration when a reporter suggested that the u.s. is not doing enough on syria. >> the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in militarily, it's criticized for it. if it doesn't, people say why aren't you doing something militarily? >> president is prodded on by carl levin who called for active approach to take out pr
and president obama are literally on the same page regarding iran. both now believe that there is time on the clock to try to resolve this diplomatically. once he left israel, obviously, he announced some additional assistance to jordan which is shouldering the most significant burden in terms of syrian refugees. i think there, it's probably most important is what he heard from prime minister netanyahu, and king abdullah, and whether that sense of urgency enables him to consider a wider range of actions going forward. he's been very cautious about syria over the past two years. >> martin, earlier this week on our air you were characterizing the palestinians' reaction to the president as spanning from perhaps indifference to outright hostility. this trip, does this change this and allow for more goodwill on that front? >> not really, no. i wouldn't say so, alex. if anything there's probably more anger. there was a sense that obama was going so strongly out of his way to get the israelis on his side, to show them how much he respected and 1i78 pathized with them. he didn't feel that was
. i think that's really important because as things stand now the, if barack obama doesn't want to be the guy on whose watch iran gets the nuclear weapon or the two-state solution expire, he is going to have to find a way to deal effectively and work cooperatively with the new government and with the prime minister. >> jamie: what about the secretary of state? >> you know, it's been my view from the very beginning that barack obama's the most controlling foreign policy president since richard nixon. hillary clinton was given very true truly cons quential issues to manage. kerry may be in a better situation because it's legacy time and obama is trying to figure out what do todo on the domestic side. he might turn john kerry, who is quite capable, into a manager in chief on the israeli/palestinian issue. >> jamie: let me focus on that. what is realistic, aaron? the palestinians want settlement building to stop. benjamin netanyahu says no. can we ever get them to the table with preconditions? >> no, not with preconditions. i think the president really dodged the one headache he cre
of iran and syria. no doubt, the obama white house will have to be dealing with. >> he is back wanting to deal with domestic issues including gun control. after sandy hook we all understood there was a narrow window to get change, meaningful change in terms of gun laws. what has happened now in terms of the assault weapons ban, and where all this goes? >> well, the question is whether the moment is effectively lost. i think that's a real question inside the white house among democrats and gun control supporters. the assault weapons ban will get a vote, but it's not going to pass. the big focus is on background checks, and the big political focus is not going away. i sat down with new york city mayor michael bloomberg who talked about his own big push to spend money to target lawmakers. he has taken names based on how they vote on the assault weapons ban. >> i think i have a responsibility, and i think you and all of your viewers have responsibilities to try to make this country safer for our families and for each other. we've spent $12 million on running ads in ten states around the co
's reinforcing a very strong relationship. we have to talk to israel about what's happening in syria, the iran situation. so on many fronts it's a useful, positive trip but no big break. >> especially when it comes to geopolitical relationships here's what president obama had to say last week on his radio tv with his relationship with bebe netanyahu. >> we've got a terrific relationship. he's very blunt with me on issues, and i'm very blunt with him about issues and we get stuff done. >> blunt? the trip is going to highlight talks with netanyahu. but the speech in jerusalem, more to be done with visiting with mahmoud abbas as well. could this be obama helping to set up secretary of state john kerry for what you talk about is the larger issue of peace negotiations down the line? >> yes, and i believe secretary kerry is very committed to a middle east peace process. i think it's long overdue. and i think the president's got to give him the political cover that secretary kerry would need. and key is going to be the israeli public. and the relationship with president netanyahu. you know you what s
the israelis, whenever they have talked about iran and said iran cannot be alwed to ha a nlearapability. they can't live with them just being a few screwdriver turns away. president obama has been very careful. he has only said he would not allow iran to get a nuclear weapon. and it sounds like they're splitting hairses but they're talking about two different things. if the red line for the israelis is a capability the iranians may be close to that. if it's a weapon it may be pretty far from that . >> rose: let's north korea and the new secretary of defense saying we want to have the capacity to stop the north koreans if they decide to make an attack on the united states. do we have that technology now? >> what we have no is about 30 anti-missile batteries set up n alaska just south of fair banks and in california. and their success rate is pretty limited, charlie. when they are tested against dummy warheads, they hit about a little over 350% of those -- 50% under those ideal conditions. i would not call this a fabulous deternal. at the same time by bolstering it adding 14 over the ne
. the important points were in the news conference that the two leaders had, president obama and prime minister netanyahu where the president said there is is not a lot of daylight between the u.s. and israel on the question of iran and its nuclear program. but then the news conference went on to demonstrate exactly where that daylight is prime minister netanyahu said that we think, israel thinks there is a certain point iran with get with nuclear program they won't have built the nuclear bomb so close immunity from any kind of military strike. netanyahu said twice this is our view, this is oour view. and by way of suggesting it is not the u.s. president's view. one further point, bill, if i may. president obama said as a sort of a big announcement in his opening remarks that the united states remains committed to helping israel maintain what's called the qme. qualitative military edge. what that means no matter what arms we sell to the region, we will always help israel maintain qualitative edge over its neighbors. we are committed to sex extending that beyond 2017 for some period of time. we
with somebody else. she is going with me. one more thing is up next. ♪ ♪ >> bob: president obama was met by benjamin netanyahu and the israeli government. they made it clear to iran that there are diplomatic options left and military options. >> greg: the white house threatened to cancel easter egg hunt. it stepped in with greg roll. but zoning ordinances say grown men can't host children. even if they're under 18 or 19. i wrote a check for $25. the easter stuff. i think it goes to beer. i'm going have it somewhere. >> dana: surprise, try to get i
, the decision to build a bomb. and president obama sort of -- the israelis on the other hand do present it strictly has a matter of time. at what point will iran have the enrichment capability that it will be able to produce a weapon without us doing anything about it? it seemed to me the president moved a little bit toward the israeli view. >> the president has never said he would stop at capability, only a weapon. it's a big difference. gwen: as netanyahu said, we are both on the same page when it comes to our intelligence assessment, which i get the feeling is a carefully negotiated term >> and one they have used before. toming indicates, -- as tom indicates, though, when will they make a decision. gwen: we'll see. there were a lot of moving parts on the domestic front in week as well. congress passed a budget bill that would stave off another government shutdown for now. it struggled to reach an agreement on new gun laws, rejecting an assault weapons ban and taking tiny steps toward tightening background checks. political leaders in and out of congress rushed to catch up with rapidl
that president obama comes with two messages, one, make more concessions to the palestinians, and two, don't even think about attacking iran's nuclear weapons program. so, if people could hear the conversation that president obama and prime minister netanyahu are about to have, i think that obama's 10% approval rating in israel would go even lower. >> greta: ambassador, thank you. always nice to see you, sir. >> thank you. >> greta: okay. now to roger ailes, the man who created and launched fox news in 1996 and has been ever since. a new book gives readers an upclose look at the fox news president. and the author of "roger ailes off camera", nice to talk to you. >> nice to talk to you, too. tell me, when did you first begin talking to roger ailes about this book? >> i talked to roger, i guess in the summer of 2011. >> greta: all right. prior to 2011, i assume that he had some sort of thoughts about what you would be learning when you began the book. did anything surprise you diagnose your investigation and your reporting? >> oh, a lot of things surprised me. i'm a fox watcher and i have been for
were at these compositions, against a regime that is a supported obama -- supported by iran? i will keep it short because there is a lot i want to ask. >> to be very brief, congressman, i, personally, do not agree we waited so long. we were helping democracy activists when i'd was in syria in 2011. we were doing a lot to help them. >> what was the reason to hold legal aid at that point? >> a lot of people in syria did not want outside interference in their uprising, the revolution. for a long time. through 2011. the syrians themselves wanted their demonstrations to be peaceful. armedid not want foreign intervention. they were bitterly criticizing iran for their intervention. >> i am talking about when it came to a shooting war. i am trying to figure this out because i do not know the answer. this is a difficult quandary. let me ask another question. when we talk about the red line and the use of chemical weapons, i know this has been hammered, especially by the chairman, we will find out what happened. it is a matter of time if we find out whether they had chemical weapons. a r
relationship with obama because obama holds the key on that front, certainly on iran. >> reporter: speaking of iran-- and i'll come back to that relationship-- is what the president saided in an interview with israeli television, will that comfort israelis? >> it certainly should comfort israelis. after all, the record suggests that the administration has worked very, very hard on the iranian challenge and the president has said that take my word, we're not interested in containing iran, we're interested in preventing iran from developing nuclear technology. i think it should assuage israelis who are concerned about this issue i wonder why-- and this seems to be part of the conversation in washington-- that israelis need an american president to show some deep emotional attachment to affirm their rootedness to israel. this is a strong society, a country that has done remarkable things over the course of its 65-year history. i'm not sure why an american president -- only four of the last ten or 11 presidents have gone to israel, why this is so important. the other thing that aaron said that
is coming out of that part of the world. iran could have a nuclear weapon. some say months and some say years. what is the appetite for air strikes on iran among those in israel. is there an expectation that president obama hints that that would be allowed on that type of visit? >> the israelis themselves are divided on this issue. it is one that netanyahu has spoken about publicly and famously in the un. he said the iranians will act soon. he will use military force to prevent the iranians from gaining a nuclear weapon. the president said he is likely to repeat that. the israelis themselves are divided on the issue. a lost israelis don't want more enemies in the region. they see what's happening in egypt and syria and don't think it's necessary to pick another hot war with iran. it is just a matter of time for iran and their enemy to develop a weapon that would be an existential threat to the state of israel. >> we thank you so much for joining us and we appreciate it. we have to commend you for the article in "vanity fair." well written. take care. up next, we will go live to charlest
think the obama administration should not take a leading role in those negotiations. the president will also focus on iran. according to state tv launched a destroyer in the caspian sea yesterday. israeli leaders are expected to push the president about the white house approach to stopping tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >>> there's big takeaways from the annual gathering of conservatives known as cpac, including signs that it could be a crowded presidential field in 2016 for a republican party still trying to find its footing. amid a field of 23 potential candidates, senator rands paul narrowly edged out senator marco rubio and over the course of several days dozens of leaders across the country took the stage there. despite efforts to energize the dialogue turned pointed and public. sarah palin challenged party brass to stop trying to rebrand the gop. she blasted establishment figures for their efforts to only fund candidates they consider viable in a general election. it was a message that drew a quick response from one of the party's top strat gists. >> the last thing w
starts now.president obama is in the middle east. tackling issues ranging from iranian nukes, to syria's (arrival music) iran's nuclear threats. syria's chemical weapons the stalled israeli=palestinian peace process. grant lodes is here to show us what's happened so far. >> well if the goal was to win over skeptical israelis, he is off to a good start. what the country's oldest newspaper calls the president's "all=out, guns blazing, no=holds barred charm offensive" began as soon as the dooropened on air force one. >> how are you. >> good to see you >> thank you so much. >> reporter: a live lapel mike allowed the world to listen in as the president joked with israel's prime minister. >> obama: "it was good. it was good." >> netanyahu: "get to rest for these next two days." >> obama: ".get away from congress." netanyahu: the president's first official word on israeli soil: peace as defined by israel means a willingness to go to war to keep iran from developing nuclear weapons. >> "in order to stop iran's program peacefully diplomacy must be augment by clear threat of military action." >>
on the hook if iran doesn't react d diplomaticall diplomatically. >> it seems to raise a question of the president's credibility. u.s. standing probably has risen under president obama, but clout has fallen for the reasons i stated earlier, because of his reluctance to get involved over there. if you're the iranians and he says something like this, do you really take it it seriously at this point or is it simply barack obama saying things because he believes them himself? >> i would bet bret takes issue with the point about the standing question of the-- >> we're less popular in the arab world than we were, in much of the arab world than we were in the last year of george w. bush's presidency. >> paul: george, you mentioned jordan. is king abdullah, be the next arab ruler to fall in that region? and what would be the consequences, not just for israel, but for our own interests? >> it would be a disaster, we'd lose one of the last few moderates in the arab world and israel would lose along its longest border and-- >> how much trouble is the king in? i know there have beenprotests,
that they will not be able to discuss anything. am i dreaming, aren't they going to talk about the iran threat and syria and the massive problems there and egypt. the region in some sense is unraveling, dan, president obama knows that. prime minister netanyahu knows that. cou so, can they get manage out of this? >> there's a lot to talk b but a lot of it is relationship repair. the first term the president, to borrow his phrase, he pursued a strategy in the middle east in which he wanted distance. he said that his u.s. relationship was perceived to close to the prime minister of israel. and so they needed to create space. here he is four years later, nothing to show for it, there's trust issues between the president and the palestinian leaders, so he is trying something different. coming to israel. bear hugging them and sending a message that they are close. as it relates to specifics, absolutely they will be discussing iran and syria and one of the things that the president will want is to reassure israel that he has their back and that he is as committed to prevention of iran developing a nuclear weap
. siemens. answers. >>> hello, everybody. here's what is happening. president obama said he would do what is necessary to stop iran from getting nuclear weapons and all options are on the table if diplomatic measures fail. maintaining $85 billion in spending cuts and avoid a government shutdown. the house could vote on the measure tomorrow. >>> and computers crashed at south korean computer companies. now it's back to "hardball." >>> welcome back. one of the more unsettling takeaways from this week's or last week's cpac conference from a video from a breakout session called trump the race card. are you sick and tired of being called a racist when you say, when you know you're not one? on monday we showed a short clip from that event where a participant suggested slaves should have been thankful for free food and lodging during those hundreds of years of slavery. a documentary was in the room as well and more video of the exchange. let's watch. >> it seems to me like you're reaching out to voters, with the program that you're offering us, at the expense of young white southern males like m
mean? psychology plays a big role in this. >> the question is, is obama going to be persuaded to go into syria, and can netanyahu convince him to move militarily against iran. that's the big stuff. the bon ame -- >> if they get the wrong drift in the level. >> the bon ame is to get to the big stuff. >> i think that pat is exactly right, how far obama is willing to go to put his money where his mouth is on helping israel. at this point that all looked well and good but i don't see him going far enough. >> eleanor, quickly. >> this is a gap between them on syria. i think netanyahu is just as wary of entering syria, but it did not prevent the president from going over netanyahu's head and talking to the israeli public, and there is a gap between what the people want and what the leaders want. >> here's what i want to know about syria, is do they have chemical weapons. >> they've got 'em. >> did you see that intriguing report, for a reporter who has been over there for years, reported on this for the independent, which i believe is an english newspaper, now available on your computer, w
parties back to the discussion table. >> how important is iran when it comes to this visit? obviously president obama has a very ambitious domestic agenda. he wants to see immigration reform, perhaps some gun control measures moving forward. perhaps a big debt deal. all of those things would seem to go to the back burner if there was some sort of engagement in iran. is there any worry amongst house democrats, specifically, that the president could promise here some full-on support for an israeli air strike to iran, that could have dire implications for a domestic agenda here at home. >> we have the closest military intelligence cooperation with israel that we've ever had. you almost don't know where the israeli leadership begins and we're working on preventing iran from achieving their ambition of a nuclear weapon every single day together. so it's not like when the president gets there, he's going to first begin a dialogue with the prime minister and israeli leadership about how to accomplish that. we're at the table with them working side by side every single day. this is a way to c
to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> will this story have a happy ending? >> this story will not have a happy ending. what we saw this week was barack obama at his best, connecting with an audience, and he made a compelling case for the need for a two-state solution, the security of israel and the well- being of the region. >> charles? >> the emphasis has been on personality. what happened is obama changed his positions on the settlement and the peace process. he realized he made a terrible mistake in the first term. he insisted on a settlement freeze as a preconditio. it wrecked peace negotiations and stopped everything. he changed, went back and said in a startling statement that if you get a peace agreement, the sttlement will be resolved-- talled automatically. so, they are not the central issue. by removing that, i think he changed the relationship with the israelis in a positive way. >> in some ways, i think he is right about this. it is also true that benjamin netanyahu is facing a different situation at home. he does not have the same kind of major
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